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November 11, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, November 11

It's Monday, November 11 – and have you thanked a veteran today?...

Weather: Enjoy the sun, for now. We will warm up to a high of about 70 degrees today, but that's as warm as it will be around here for a while. Lows tonight will dip to the middle 50s. Then on Tuesday, temps take a sharp drop as highs will only reach the middle 50s, with lows in the upper 20s and a hard freeze expected.

America thanks its armed forces. It's Veterans Day, and aside from the big parade in downtown Birmingham, communities in north Jefferson County will also remember those who served. Pinson hosts its Veterans' Breakfast this morning at the Palmerdale Homesteads Community Center, Fultondale's American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts hold their ceremony at 10 a.m.

Almost time to vote. The polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for one of the biggest decision in Gardendale's history. Residents will vote in a referendum on whether to raise property taxes another five mills to finance a city school system that will break away from the Jefferson County Schools. Polls will be open until 7 p.m. We'll have full coverage Tuesday here at njeffersonnews.com, as well as on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. (@NorthJeffNews).

Massive devastation. The toll from Typhoon Haiyan, which slammed into the Philippines on Friday, has already reached more than 10,000 estimated dead – and that's just from one city alone. The storm will likely go down as one of the worst in the history of the Eastern Hemisphere, if not the whole world, as winds gusted to 170 miles per hour and a storm surge 20 feet high battered coastlines. Officials say that counting the dead and the damage will take days, if not weeks, due to the sheer scale of destruction. The storm isn't done yet; Haiyan is expected to make landfall in Vietnam today, though with somewhat diminished winds.

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